Chart of the Day: Perceived Comfort for Bike Lane Types

If you’ve been paying attention to bike infrastructure over the last few years, you know that protected bike lanes (aka cycletracks) are trending. We’re planning on building more of these in the Twin Cities and around Minnesota, and of the key reasons why is that they help people feel more comfortable and protected while they ride.

There’s research about this now, too. This chart is from a recent study out of Portland that rated comfort levels using different barrier types:

bike lane barrier separation types


The takeaway is this:

For us on the Green Lane Project team, one of the biggest surprises of 2014 was that a bike lane separated from cars by a “2-3 foot buffer with plastic flexposts” makes riders feel more comfortable biking than anything else, with the exception of “planters separating the bikeway.”

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4 Responses to Chart of the Day: Perceived Comfort for Bike Lane Types

  1. Alex Cecchini
    Alex Cecchini January 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Further takeaway: build lanes on the cheap now with paint/poles, add a more solid protective buffer/curb at the next street reconstruction. Seems to be the plan we’re following!

    • Mike Sonn
      Mike Sonn January 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

      I’d like to see that in downtown Saint Paul. Zero reason we don’t have a loop on the ground by spring. ZERO.

      • Froggie January 27, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

        I can think of a few meteorological reasons why it may not be in by spring. But that’s just me…

    • Walker Angell
      Walker Angell January 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

      Alex, I wholly agree.

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